The Raven Saint

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What has she done to deserve a fate worse than death?

Grace Westcott has spent her entire life serving God and helping the poor—not to mention trying to save the souls of her two wayward sisters. But while on an errand of mercy, she is kidnapped by a French mercenary and told she will be sold to a Spanish Don in Columbia.

Determined to hold on to her faith and see God in every situation, she believes she must ...

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Overview

What has she done to deserve a fate worse than death?

Grace Westcott has spent her entire life serving God and helping the poor—not to mention trying to save the souls of her two wayward sisters. But while on an errand of mercy, she is kidnapped by a French mercenary and told she will be sold to a Spanish Don in Columbia.

Determined to hold on to her faith and see God in every situation, she believes she must have been sent to help someone find God’s love. But no one will listen to her pleas, warnings, and prayers.

When Grace’s situation grows far worse than she could imagine, she is forced to face her own human weaknesses. But she isn’t prepared to face her biggest weakness of all—falling in love with the nefarious captain, Rafe Dubois.

Will Grace discover God’s purpose for this harrowing journey? And what will she do when she realizes His purpose for her is not to redeem the captain and his crew, but herself?

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781624167249
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2014
  • Series: Charles Towne Belles , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 359,776
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

MaryLu Tyndall, a Christy Award finalist and bestselling author of the Legacy of the King’s Pirates series, is known for her adventurous historical romances filled with deep spiritual themes. She holds a degree in math and worked as a software engineer for fifteen years before testing the waters as a writer. MaryLu currently writes full time and makes her home on the California coast with her husband, six kids, and four cats. Her passion is to write page-turning, romantic adventures that not only entertain but open people’s eyes to their God-given potential. MaryLu is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America.

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The Raven Saint


By M.L. Tyndall

Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Copyright © 2009 M. L. Tyndall
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-60742-147-4


CHAPTER 1

Outside Charles Towne, Carolina, October, 1718


Black, menacing clouds snarled a warning from the Carolina skies. Clutching her skirts, Grace Westcott trudged down the muddy path. A shard of white light forked across the dark vault, and she glanced up as thunder rumbled in the distance.

"I hope the rain doesn't catch us, miss." Alice's shaky voice tumbled over Grace from behind.

"Never fear, Alice, we are almost there." Grace pushed aside a leafy branch that encroached upon the trail. As the wind picked up and raindrops began to rap on the leaves above them, the wall of greenery arching overhead provided a shelter that brought an odd comfort to Grace.

"Look, miss. This plant. Isn't it bloodroot?" Alice squeaked. "To heal afflictions of the skin?"

Grace huffed. Her legs ached from the mile-long journey from Charles Towne. She could hear the rush of the Ashley River in the distance. They were close to the Robertses' cabin, to poor little Thomas, sick with a fever and in desperate need of the medicines they brought.

Whirling around, Grace examined the leaf in her maid's hands. "Nay. 'Tis not bloodroot, as you well know." She searched Alice's eyes, but the maid kept her gaze lowered. "Whatever is the matter with you today?"

The maid cast a quick glance over her shoulder and shrugged. "I am only trying to help, miss."

"You can help by hurrying along. Thomas may be failing as we speak." Grabbing her skirts, Grace turned and forged ahead. A drop of rain splattered on her forehead, and she swiped it away.

"But the rain, miss. Shouldn't we return home and don some proper attire?"

"Mercy me, Alice. We are nearly there. A bit of rain will not harm us. We've been in far more dangerous situations." Grace hoisted the sack stuffed with herbs, fresh fruit, and rice farther up her aching shoulder. "Besides, we are going about God's work. He will take care of us."

Grace heard Alice's shoes squish in the mud. "Indeed, miss."

Her maid's voice quivered—a quiver that set Grace's nerves on edge, along with the dark tempest brewing above them. Something was bothering the woman, Grace couldn't guess what.

Another flash lit up the sky. Releasing her skirts to the sticky mud, Grace pushed aside a tangled vine that seemed to be joining forces with Alice in attempting to keep her from continuing. Musky air, heavy with moisture and laden with scents of earth and life, filled her nostrils. Thunder bellowed, closer this time, and raindrops tapped upon the canopy of leaves overhead. Plowing ahead, Grace ignored the twinge of guilt at her most recent expedition. One of many expeditions she'd been strictly forbidden to embark upon—both by her father, before he set sail for Spain, and more recently, her sister Faith and Faith's new husband, Dajon. But Grace could not allow anyone or anything to stop her from doing what God had commissioned her to do: feed the poor, tend to the sick, and spread the good news of His gospel.

She glanced up at the dark clouds swirling like some vile witch's brew. Perhaps she should have left a note informing Faith of her whereabouts. No matter. She would drop off the food and herbs, attend to Thomas, and be home before sunset.

Grace emerged from the green fortress into a clearing. Thunder bellowed, and she shivered as a chill struck her. In the distance, the wide Ashley River tumbled along its course. A cabin perched by the water's edge, smoke curling from its chimney. Squaring her shoulders, she took a deep breath and quickened her pace. "Here at last. And, as you can see, Alice, all is well."

A nervous giggle sounded from behind her.

Hoisting the sack higher up on her shoulders, Grace clutched her skirts and climbed the steps of the cabin, but before she could knock on the door, it swung open. Mr. Roberts, a burly red-faced man with unruly dark hair, stared curiously at her for a moment then cocked his head and smiled. "Miss Grace. A grand pleasure to see you." His glance took in Alice standing on the steps behind Grace. His forehead wrinkled. "What brings you this far from home on such a rainy day? Helen, Miss Grace has come for a visit," he yelled over his shoulder. The scent of smoke and some sort of meaty stew wafted over Grace.

"Why, we've come to help Thomas, of course." Lightning flashed, casting a momentary grayish shroud over Mr. Roberts's normally ruddy face.

"Thomas needs help?" He scratched his thick, dark mane.

Alice's boots thudded on the steps, and Grace turned to see her maid inching away from the cabin, her chin lowered.

Shaking her head, Grace faced Mr. Roberts. "Yes, you sent Alfred yesterday to inform us of Thomas's fever and ask for my help, did you not?" The man looked puzzled. Grace slid the sack from her shoulder and set it down on the planks of the porch. "I've brought elder root and dogwood bark for his fever and some fresh fruit and rice for you and your family."

Mrs. Roberts appeared in the doorway, her infant daughter cradled in her arms. "Grace, what a wonderful surprise. Henry, don't just stand there. Invite her in out of the rain."

"Thomas isn't sick." Mr. Roberts's nose wrinkled. "And Alfred was here with us all day yesterday."

Grace swerved about to question Alice, but the girl was nowhere in sight. Descending the stairs, she dashed into the clearing, her heart in her throat as she scanned the foliage for any sign of her maid.

A swoosh of leaves and stomp of boots reached her ears, then a band of five men materialized from the foliage. Armed with cutlasses and pistols, they stormed toward Grace. She tried to move her feet, but the thick mud clung to them like shackles. Mr. Roberts cursed and ushered his wife inside. The baby began to howl.

A tall, sinewy man halted before her. A burst of wind struck him, fluttering the green feather atop his cocked hat and the tips of the black hair grazing his shoulders. He shifted his jaw, peppered with black stubble, and gazed at her with eyes the color of the dark clouds churning above them. A slow smile crept across his lips, lifting his thin, rakish mustache. "Mademoiselle Grace Westcott, I presume." His thick French accent turned her blood to ice.

Grace met his gaze squarely. "I am, sir."

With a snap of his fingers, two of his men flanked her. "You will come with us."

"I will not." The men wrenched her arms behind her back. Pain shot across her shoulders.

The snap of a rifle sounded, drawing the man's attention to Mr. Roberts pointing his musket in their direction. "Leave her be."

A flicker of relief eased over Grace, quickly fading when she examined the man before her. Instead of fear, amusement sparked in his eyes. The men on either side of Grace chuckled as if Mr. Roberts had told a joke.

"Quel homme galant, but I fear I cannot do that, monsieur." The leader crossed his arms over his gray waistcoat and scraped a finger along his lean chin. "With a bit of fortune and a good aim, you may shoot one of us. Mais that would leave you and your family completely at our mercy. Comprenez-vous?"

Mr. Roberts stared at him for a long moment, obviously measuring the man.

"Toss your weapon to the ground, monsieur, and go into your house. If you come out, we will shoot you. If you fire another weapon at us, we will kill your family."

A short, barrel-chested man beside the leader drew his pistol and leveled it at Mr. Roberts. The sneer on his face suggested he would love nothing more than to shoot the man where he stood.

The musket quivered in Mr. Roberts's hands as he perused the band of ruffians, but still he did not relent. Grace shook her head, sending her friend a silent appeal. She would not allow him to put his family in jeopardy for her.

Mr. Roberts swallowed, threw his weapon into the mud, and gave her an apologetic look before slipping inside the cabin and closing the door with an ominous thud that echoed Grace's fate.

She faced the leader. Thunder roared across the clearing. "What have you done with Alice?"

"Alice? Hmm." His eyes lit up. "Votre servante? I merely paid her well for leading you to us." He grinned.

The skies opened and released a torrent of rain upon Grace as if God Himself shed the tears that now burned behind her eyes. How could Alice have done such a thing? She had been Grace's personal maid for the past five years—had traveled with her in the crossing from Portsmouth to Charles Towne.

The rain bounced off the cocked hat and the broad shoulders of the man before her. Drops streamed down Grace's face, her neck, soaked into her gown, and befogged the scene before her. If only the fresh water from heaven could wash away these devilish creatures like holy water sprinkled upon evil.

The black-haired man turned and marched away as though her desperate wish had reached God's ears. But then his two minions wrenched her arms again and dragged her behind him. Panic seized her. This couldn't be happening! She dug her heels into the mud but her captors merely lifted her from the ground. Pain scorched across her arms and neck.

"Please, sir. Please. What do you want with me?"

But the only reply came from the rain pounding on the leaves and the thunder rumbling across the sky.

They plunged back into the thick forest. Grace struggled against the men's meaty grips. Even if she did manage to break free from them, tree trunks rose like prison bars on either side of her, holding her captive within the dense thicket. They trudged down the path for what seemed an eternity. Each step dug the knife of fear deeper into Grace's heart. Silently, she appealed to God for her salvation, begging to hear His comforting voice, but her petitions were met with the same silence her captors afforded her. Finally, they emerged onto a secluded shore, and the men shoved her onto the thwart of a small boat then launched the craft into the rushing river. In the distance Grace saw a two-masted brig swaying with the rolling tide.

Lord, where are You? She clasped her hands together and tried to catch her breath.

The black-haired man locked a smoldering gaze upon her. He did not look away as propriety demanded but perused her with alarming audacity. Rain streamed off his hat onto his black breeches, and a smirk creased one corner of his mouth. Averting her gaze to the agitated water, she considered leaping overboard. She couldn't swim. At least not well enough to fight the strong Ashley current. Besides, surely God would rescue her from these brigands. He was simply testing her faith by waiting until the last minute when things were at their worst. Lifting her chin, she cast a defiant look upon her captor, but it only caused his smirk to widen.

Within minutes, they reached the ship and thudded against its hull. Shouts pitched upon them from above as faces popped over the bulwarks to peer down at her. Grace glanced about for the rescuer God should have sent by now. The leader pulled her to her feet, and before she could make a move, he hoisted her over his shoulder like a sack of grain and climbed the rope ladder without effort.

Grace could no longer feel the fear or even the damp chill. Numbness gripped her, born of shock at her predicament. Blood rushed to her head, and she closed her eyes, breathing in the musky scent of the man's damp wool waistcoat and praying for the nightmare to end.

Once aboard, he carried her across deck as he issued a string of orders in French, sending his crew scrambling in every direction.

"Welcome back, Captain," a deep voice shouted, then a shock of brown hair appeared in Grace's vision. "I see you found her."

"Oui, bien sûr." His tone carried the haughtiness that excluded any other possibility as he tapped her on the rump.

"How dare you!" Grace shouted and tried to kick her legs, but the captain's arm kept them pinned to his chest. The two men shared a chuckle.

"Weigh anchor, away aloft, and raise the main, Mr. Thorn. We set sail immediately."

Raindrops bounced over the wooden planks, pelting her from all directions. Her head bumped against his damp coat. His hard shoulder pressed into her aching stomach as he carried her down a ladder. She stretched her hand to grab the hilt of his rapier, but it taunted her from its sheath at his other side, out of her reach. She pounded her fists against his back. Muscle as unyielding as steel sent pain through her hands.

With a chuckle, he sauntered down a hallway and kicked open a door. Grace tensed, fearing the man would toss her to the floor. Instead, grasping her waist, he gently set her down inside the tiny cabin.

Gaining her balance, Grace wiped the matted strands of wet hair from her face and faced him. "Who are you and what do you want with me?" she said in a stalwart tone that surprised her.

He doffed his feathered hat and banged it against his knee, sending droplets over the floor. Tucking an errant strand of wet hair behind his ear, he bowed. "Captain Rafe Dubois at your service, mademoiselle. I welcome you aboard Le Champion. And regarding what I want with you"—he raised one brow and allowed his gaze to scour over her—"I am to deliver you to Don Miguel de Salazar in Colombia."

"Colombia?" Grace took a step back and gripped her throat.

"Oui, he has promised to pay quite handsomely for you."

"For me? But why? I don't even know the man." A shudder ran through her.

"Ah, but your father does apparently. The two men are not ... how do you say? Agreeable? Don Miguel holds him responsible for the death of his son in a skirmish with a galleon. He thought you would be adequate payment for the transgression."

"Payment!" Grace's fear gave way to anger. "I am no one's payment. How can you take part in such a wicked scheme?"

The captain shrugged as if her words rolled off him. "Like I said, he's willing to pay handsomely." He offered her a devious grin then donned his hat and closed the door with a resounding thud.

CHAPTER 2

Rafe stormed up on deck, struck by both the rain in his face and the vision of the lovely Mademoiselle Westcott staring incredulously at him as he slammed the door of her cabin. He took the quarterdeck ladder in two vaults and positioned himself by the helm. Arms across his chest, he surveyed his crew as some of them climbed aloft to loosen sail, while others hauled in the cock boat. Monsieur Thorn stormed the planks, braying orders to keep the men at task. Soon fore- and mainsails were lowered and drawn taut, catching the wind in deafening claps.

"Take her out, Mr. Atton," Rafe shot over his shoulder at the helmsman.

"Oui, Capitaine," came the quick reply.

The ship bucked, and Rafe braced his feet against the deck and doffed his hat, allowing the rain to pound down upon him. Closing his eyes to the pellets, he hoped their crisp sting would douse the heat that had taken over his senses after his encounter with Mademoiselle Grace Westcott. He could not keep his eyes off her. No matter where he tried to focus them, they always landed back on her as if drawn by some invisible bowline. It was not so much her beauté, although she possessed a comeliness ranked above most women. There was an aura about her, a presence that reached out through those emerald green eyes and grabbed hold of his senses, his reason. He rubbed his belly. Perhaps it was the weevil-infested biscuit he'd eaten for breakfast that morning. Just a case of indigestion, sans doute. Oui, that must be it. Once out upon the open sea and in possession of an empty stomach, he'd be his normal dispassionate self again.

"Let fall," Mr. Thorn bellowed from the main deck. "Hoist storm staysails and main topsail!"

The ship picked up speed as the thunder of the sails accompanied the roar of the skies. The bow rose and plunged over a swell, sending foam upon its deck. Before long, they rounded the tip of the peninsula and Rafe spotted O'Sullivan's Island.

"Hard alee, Monsieur Atton," he ordered.

"Hard alee, Capitaine."

Once free of the Charles Towne harbor, Rafe had only to deliver the girl unscathed to Colombia. Although Don Miguel had never met Mademoiselle Grace, Rafe was confident he would be pleased with his purchase. The mademoiselle was well worth the five hundred pounds in gold the loathsome Spaniard had offered for her. Peut-être, Rafe could bargain for more doubloons for such a valuable prize.

His first mate appeared beside him and gripped the railing. Doffing his hat, he shook the water from it then plopped it back atop his head. The rain had lessened to a sprinkle. Releasing a sigh, Thorn grinned at Rafe. "Quite an alluring woman Grace Westcott turned out to be, eh?" he remarked as if reading Rafe's thoughts.


(Continues...)

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    A Recommended Read

    Like all of Marylu Tyndall's books, The Raven Saint contains nonstop action and stunning settings. However, I would have liked the book a little more if the characters had been a little more believable and the plot a little less predictable. Grace and Rafe seemed too much like the stereotypical protagonists of other books I've read. Still, I loved Grace's character in the first two books, and I loved how this book tied the entire trilogy together. I would definitely recommend this book along with the rest of the trilogy.

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  • Posted March 7, 2013

    Finally after reading "The Raven Saint" by MaryLu Tynd

    Finally after reading "The Raven Saint" by MaryLu Tyndall, the last novel in the "Charles Towne Belles" series, I have fully enjoyed the this wonderful book along with the first two books!  With each chapter I read, I have an extremely hard time finding out what is going to happen next throughout the book.  Grace Westcott a young lady who devotes her life in serving God and helping others in need.  French Captain Rafe Dubois a man who is driven to being in authority and doing what he wants to do.

    While Grace is on a mission to a needy family, is kidnapped by Rafe who sets sail to Columbia to sell her to a Spanish Don.  Grace doesn't understand why and pleads to God for help.  She then feels God has her their to share about God and her faith, she is finds that no one is interested in listening to her preach.  All she really receives back when the crew on Rafe's ship listen is mockery.  Rafe hates all types of religion because of his own father's abuse.  During the journey to Columbia Rafe notices how Grace is not like other ladies.  He doesn't understand why he starts to get attracted to Grace, so he determined to get rid of her as soon as he can or can he?  This story has adventures from being spotted by pirate hunters, dealing with a voodoo curse, all the way to a duel to the death.  Reading this swashbuckling romance makes me eager to see if Rafe will find the one true God or see if Grace's life will end in slavery to the Spanish Don!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2012

    BEST BOOK EVER

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is such an awesome book, i wish they would come with anither one or one about charity finding true love, an awesome read. totally worth the money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2012

    Wonderful Romantic Adventure

    I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to M.L. Tyndall and her publisher for sending me a copy of "The Raven Saint" to review for them. I have always been grateful for this generosity, and I am trying to improve at being consistent in taking the time to thank these wonderfully giving individuals in a public forum. I really appreciate your time, effort and expense in making a reviewer copy available to me.

    I am barely through chapter two of M.L. Tyndall’s third installment in the Charles Towne Belles series, and I can already tell that this will be my favorite book in the series. “The Raven Saint” is the story of Admiral Westcott’s third daughter. Grace is the beautiful young woman who loves and serves God with all of her heart. She ministers to the people of Charles Towne through gifts of food, sharing the Gospel and caring for the sick. So why isn’t God answering her prayers from her cabin on board the ship Le Champion, where she is being held captive by a mercenary sea captain to be sold to one of her father’s sworn enemies in Colombia.

    Our leading man in this tale is Capitain Rafe Dubois, a Frenchman who sails for the highest paying purse. This kidnapping begins as a job, but rapidly takes a turn when the scoundrel cannot get his lovely captive (and the aura about her) out of his mind.

    It is already very evident that this is going to be an intense and adventurous love story – and not just between Grace and Rafe. God always plays a huge part in these adventures, and I anticipate that He will show up in mysterious and miraculous ways. Thank you, M.L., for another wonderful novel to add to my collection and read over and over again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2012

    Book #3 The Rake and the Pious Prude

    The Raven Saint is the third and last book in the Charles Towne Belles series.
    Grace is zealous in her face, but extremely judgmental. Rafe appears to be heartless, but given the chance, he is an honorable man. Rafe kidnaps Grace intending to sell her to a man who wants revenge on Grace's father. Just as Rafe and Grace start to love each other, an old love comes back into Rafe’s life and tries to separate them.
    Grace and Rafe's love is shocking. I didn't expect her to fall in love with Rafe--I hadn't realized the man who kidnapped her was the hero--at first. It's a good book. I've read it three times. One of those times, I read it out loud to my mother. My mother loved it as well.
    This is my personal favorite in the series. I was kind of sad when I finished the series, the characters seemed so real.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    I love it!

    This is by far one of my favorite books written by Tyndall! I loved the plot, the characters, the setting, I could read it again and again! Most of all, I must add, the story spoke to me personally and I learned some important lessons from reading it. This is a wonderful book and I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Amazing Book

    This is the third book in the Charles Towne Belles series, and it does not disappoint! MaryLou has an amazing way of sucking you into the story she has woven, to the point where you can not get enough. Once you have finished the book you are over joyed however there is a longing for the story to continue on because you have become so endeared by the characters.MaryLou's Love of God shines through in each of her books. Her love for God causes you to draw closer to his love and grace. Her characters become Godly examples of how those who have faced the worst of circumstances can turn to God and be truly loved.I would highly recommend this and ANY of MaryLou's books to anyone who loves a great story, especially those placed upon the sea and founded upon the love of God. MaryLou has very quickly become my favorite author. Her books are easy to read and you just can not get enough of her fascinating stories and characters!A++ All the way!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2011

    A good conclusion to the series!

    MaryLu's writing has a way of grabbing your attention and not letting go till the very end. Once I picked up The Raven Saint, I found it very hard to put down for any length of time. From the very first chapter, when Grace is thrown over the shoulder of the dashing Captain Rafe like a sack of corn, I was captivated. I always love a kidnapped/ransom story, and The Raven Saint is all that, and more! While I can't say it's my favorite of Tyndall's books (The Surrender to Destiny series is just SO good!), I did enjoy this last installment in the Charles Towne Belles. One thing I can always count on with MaryLu -- I'm sure to be in for a swashbuckling adventure filled with surprising twists in the plot!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    A Good Read

    This was a nice conclusion to the Charles Town Belles series. I didn't especially care for Grace's character. Rafe was okay, but he didn't seem quite real enough. On the other hand, I did find some of the secondary characters quite fascinating. The plot was fantastic, and though I didn't quite connect with the characters, I was excited to see what would happen in the end. The ending was actually quite funny and I thought it was great. It was definitely my favorite scene in the whole book. I think that it is awesome that MaryLu adds God into her stories without putting in too little or too much. It is just right. I would recommend this as a nice conclusion to the series.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    Great Novel!

    Book three in the Charles Towne Belles series. Each novel deals with a different sister and her adventures that lead to romance and grace. The Raven Saint is about a young lady who has lived her life serving God. When she gets kidnapped, she is faced with questions and fears that she never faced before in her life. This novel has all of the wonderful traits that the first two novels had. The only bad thing is that there are only three novels, when another sister has been mentioned on occasion. I would love to hear her story as well. If you haven't read MaryLu Tyndall's other novels, you need to check them out. She never disappoints. She follows God's lead in each and every novel.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

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    Amazing

    Just like every single other book by MaryLu Tyndall, this was a page turner. I literally couldn't put the book down. I kept reading and reading, not even able to put it down to eat supper. I would carry it to the table and eat! I love the characters and how they continue on and how they interacted with each other. This book was so good because it reminded me of myself. I felt so much like the characters that it was almost scary. It inspired me to be better than I am. Excellent job Captain Tyndall

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

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    High Sea Adventure from Carolina to Columbia

    The Raven Saint by M.L. Tyndall is the third and last book in the Charles Towne Belles series. The first book is The Red Siren and the second is The Blue Enchantress. The books are about three sisters: Faith, Hope & Grace Wescott. They have an older sister who is married and still in England, her name is Charity. Their father is an Admiral in the Royal Navy and spends more time at sea then with his family. Their mother passed away during childbirth.

    This is Grace's story. She has been devoted to God from the beginning. Her mother wanted her to make sure her sisters came to Christ as well and Grace carries that burden along with carrying for the people in her area and her family. She brings food, medicine and the gospel even when her life is in danger of Indian attacks. She just did not consider the real danger of being kidnapped until one day in October, 1718 when it became a reality.

    Captain Rafe Dubois, French by birth, has a hatred toward the British Navy. His mother was killed during a war and a raid on their Island. So when a don from Spain offered a large sum of money for the daughter of Admiral Wescott Rafe agreed to it. He thought she would be much different than the woman he kidnapped. Instead she had courage and was kind although she was judgmental and pious. He would have second thoughts about selling her but he had hate and revenge to turn to in those times. So many people betrayed him in the past that he did not trust easily.

    Grace kept trying to find why God put her in this situation, surely it was to spread his word. She had a way of trying to beat people over the head with the Word rather then ease it up to them. And she was a bit self-righteous. When she escapes the ship at Port de Paix, the Island Rafe grew up on, she does not fair well. She don't speak french, she is robbed and fortunately the robbers did not recognize a woman in boys clothes and after four or five days in the rainy weather without shelter or food she gets help from an unlikely source.

    Grace and Rafe are as different as night and day. She is prudish and pious and is a rake who seems to not have many morals. She has never been kissed and he has women throwing themselves at him.

    It is quite an adventure that ties up the last of this series. Spyglass the cat is unique and smart, Thorn the first mate who is not all he seems to be, Claire- who has outward beauty but is quite devious, Rafe's father who is just evil although he claims to be a Christian, Annette the slave who is caught between two worlds, Father Aler who left being a Jesuit priest to sail with Rafe, Nicole a soiled dove who reaches out to help Grace when no one else does and helps Grace understand that sometimes people do what they must to survive.

    I recommend reading all three books in the order written to get the full scope of the stories.

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    Posted February 18, 2011

    Piece of Wonder

    This book is yet another work of art from M.L. Tyndall. As I read this book I didn't know what was going to happen every time I turned the page. The characters are real and admirable. Grace Westcott is a young woman that strives to bring her sisters to God, and looks after all the poor souls of Charles Towne. French Captain Rafe Dubois is a man used to being in authority and doing as he pleases. When these two meet, two different lives clash, and there's no turning back. Grace teaches Captain Dubois a lesson, and she is taught a lesson herself from Someone who knows her better than she knows herself. A wonderful book full of lovable characters, a riveting plot, and a message that speaks to the heart.

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  • Posted September 22, 2010

    Great read!

    Join bestselling author M. L. Tyndall for another seafaring historical adventure full of romance, intrigue and action. Grace Westcott has piously served God her whole life. Captain Rafe Dubois cannot pass up the opportunity to earn more gold by kidnapping Admiral Westcott's youngest daughter. But when the missionary and the mercenary meet, it's full-sail-ahead into tumultuous waters! Find out what happens when a bitter mercenary who's sworn off God falls in love with the Christian woman determined to change him. This is my favorite book to date of Ms. Tyndall's, and I hope she writes more in this series-you will love them!

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  • Posted May 23, 2010

    Suzie Housley, Midwest Book Review

    Grace Westcott is committed to serving her life to promote the goodness of the Lord. She spends her time with the sick and the poor in the town of Charles Towne. She feels the hours she devotes to these less fortunate individuals will bless their lives and hers.

    French Captain Rafe Dubious is in need of gold coin to build a hospital for the poor. The opportunity to obtain these funds comes in Admiral Westcotts' daughter Grace Westcott. He decides to kidnap Grace and then demand a high ransom for her safe return.

    Rafe succeeds in kidnapping Grace and holds her hostage on his ship Le Champion. Grace questions why God has led her to such a dire situation. As the days on board increases Grace learns that Rafe has turned his back on God. Grace is determined she will lead Rafe to the Lord. Will she succeed in her mission to save Rafe's lost soul before she loses her heart to him?

    MaryLu Tyndall's Charles Towne Belles is one beautifully orchestrated novel! The Raven Saint is third in this highly popular series. If you are a fan of historical romance, then you definitely want to put the name MaryLu Tyndall high atop your to buy list. This author writes with a passionate flare that captures the true essence of romance.

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  • Posted March 21, 2010

    "The Raven Saint" by M.L.Tyndall

    Grace Westcott was en-route to minister to an ailing Timothy Roberts on a dark, rainy night with her maid, Alice. She had been specifically warned by her father and brother-in-law not to go on any more of these dangerous expeditions. But Grace was doing God's work: feeding the poor, tending to the sick and spreading the Gospel! However, when she arrived at the Roberts' cabin, she found that Mr. and Mrs. Roberts had not called for her.

    Betrayal! At that point, the maid disappeared and Grace was accosted and taken captive by men with swords and guns and taken to the ship of a Captain Rafe Dubois, a mercenary who helped the poor. Only his mission with Grace was to sell her to Don Miguel de Salazar in Columbia, in retribution for the death of Don's son by Grace's father.

    Betrayal, bitterness, revenge, piracy, and anger make for bitter decisions made by the Captain throughout the book. Grace prays for God's rescue, but she receives no answer. Surely God must have sent her on this mission to save the Captain and his men! But no one listened to her.

    The Captain took a detour to Port-de-Paix, his childhood island, where he distributed food and clothing to the poor, amidst great appreciation, as he had promised to build a hospital-with the money he was to receive for Grace.

    However, Mr. Thorn, the Captain's first-hand mate, helped Grace to escape, only to be robbed and left homeless for days, upon which she then met Nicole, a 'woman of the night.' Nicole arranged for her to go to a Christian man's home, the father of the Captain, Henri DuBois, in order to secure her way back home.

    Rafe found out Grace was at his father's home, and arrived to help her escape. The seething anger and revenge almost overtakes Rafe against his father for the brutal beatings during his childhood and his father's betrayals. Upon rescuing Grace, Rafe finds his ex-fiance, Claire Dubois, his father's wife, and her slave, Annette, aboard his ship. Chaos reigns, partly due to the voodoo practiced by Annette, piracy and betrayals.

    Grace finds herself helpless in reaching these men for the Lord. She's again held captive aboard ship, and she finds herself weak to do anything. Does Grace find God's will for this horrifying adventure? Will she be used to redeem these men and women? Does she find her way back home?

    This book will keep you turning the pages, as scenes change from moment to moment. The suspense doesn't seem to ever end. Although I found the ending a little sudden, I was enthralled throughout the rest of the book. Enjoy!

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  • Posted March 7, 2010

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    A Story of Love and Betrayal Worth Reading!

    Amazingly written! Book 3 in The Charles Towne Belles series, this is installment is just as great and book 1 and 2. Ms. Tyndall brings back old characters-Faith and Hope- briefly in the beginning but then she tells of new characters with Grace and Rafe.A story of love,betrayal and hope mixed with God, this one pulled me into to the book until I was one of the characters. I could feel everything they felt, see everything they saw. I didn't have one favorite character, as they were ALL my favorite. My heart went out to all of them. There was something in each character that I felt drawn to.




    On top of being a wonderfully written book, there is lots of adventure, suspense and surprises at every turn. If you like pirates, suspenseful adventure, and a book that will make you apart of the wonderful romance then I suggest you grab a copy of this 5 star third installment of The Charles Towne Belles series, The Raven Saint.

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  • Posted February 24, 2010

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    Where Kidnapping, Faith, and Romance Collide

    MaryLu Tyndall has rapidly become one of my favorite authors. The Raven Saint is book three in the Charlestown Belles Series and it could well be my favorite.

    Grace Westcott lives a peaceful life serving God by helping the poor and trying to steer the souls of her wayward sisters. She is sure of herself, her faith, and her God, until the day a French mercenary kidnaps her. Captain Rafe Dubois informs her she is to be sold to a Spanish Don in Colombia. While Grace fears the ramifications of this she tries to believe God has an ultimate plan for her.

    Rafe Dubois spent his life as a mercenary avoiding the riches of his inheritance and a tyrannical father. Rafe is known on his home island as a man who gives his bounty to the poor and promises large sums of money to an orphanage. The money he will receive for Miss Westcott will fulfill that promise.

    Neither of them is prepared for the other. Or love. Can Grace learn that it is her own faith that needs an upheaval? Can Captain Rafe learn that Grace's God is really there for him too? Can Love save them both as their hearts learn to love each other?

    MaryLu Tyndall weaves wonderful stories filled with love and intrigue, despair and hope, grace and mercy. I could almost feel the ocean breezes and smell the salty air. I highly recommend this book. I also highly recommend the first two books in the series, The Red Siren, and The Blue Enchantress. You'll be hooked on them. Then you'll want to go out and pick up her other books, too.

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  • Posted February 9, 2010

    ONE OF MY FAVORITE AUTHORS!

    There are few books I look forward to with more anticipation that those written by MaryLu Tyndall. As an inspirational romance writer myself, I read tons of Christian romances, but for me, Ms. Tyndall's are simply some of the best out there, the perfect mix of fast-paced romantic adventure for the heart, beautifully laced with a poignant spiritual message for the soul. She is, and continues to be, at the top of my list for a great read.

    The third novel in her Charles Towne Belles trilogy, The Raven Saint, is no exception and a truly heart-pounding conclusion to this wonderful series on the high seas. A master at characterization, Ms. Tyndall concludes this action-packed trilogy with a cast of strong and compelling characters whose fears, trials and hopes soon become yours, taking the reader on an emotional journey that lingers long after the last page. The Raven Saint is a gripping and fitting finale that chronicles the story of the third sister, Grace Westcott, a beautiful woman bent on serving God and others. Kidnapped by a dangerously handsome French mercenary, Grace embarks upon an adventure that not only puts her heart at risk with the roguish Captain Rafe Dubois, but also her pride when she discovers her own failings as a Christian. Clearly another winner for MaryLu Tyndall-bring on the next one, please!

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  • Posted January 20, 2010

    Mary Lu Tyndall's book was absolutely everything that I wanted it to be and more.

    When an author writes a book you hope that it's kinda like their past book because you like the way they write but you also want it new and fresh. Mary Lu Tyndall was able to do that with this book and it was absolutely a thrilling read. The story consists of a girl being kidnapped but she is sure God will save her. Of course she is a little prideful an haughty and sometimes she thinks she is better than non-believers. As the girl goes through the hard ideal of being kidnapped, living on a ship and putting up with many things she had never had to put up with, she learns that God wants her to show more love to the people around her. But thats not where the story ends... The captain of the ship who kidnapped falls in love with her, but he's not a Christian. So through all the craziness the captain watches the girl and comes to believe in God. This story is truly a captivating story and will make you feel inspired to be more christ-like in your daily living.

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